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Definition of "pyorrhea" []

  • Purulent inflammation of the gums and tooth sockets, often leading to loosening of the teeth. (noun)
  • A discharge of pus. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pyorrhea" in a sentence
  • "I have diagnosed it as pyorrhea which has infected the stomach from the mouth, and have suggested emetine treatment of the mouth as a cure for the stomach disorder."
  • "Of course, you don't understand, but the point is that I've persuaded Doctor Hadley to bring in Doctor Granville, who is a dentist and a pyorrhea expert."
  • "He did enter Doctor Hadley's office, although no sufferer from pyorrhea or appendicitis awaited him."